Spending time with a gorgeous Macaw is one of the most exciting pet experiences you can have. You'll love how sweet they can be and how much they can learn!
There are many different types of Macaws. All are smart and like spending time outside of their cage having fun with people. Most speak quite well, mimicking speech (copying what is being said) of family members and visitors alike.
Macaws require specific bird care to remain happy and healthy. They are easy to train and appreciate you spending as much time with them as possible; plan on two hours each day. Macaws like to loudly express themselves, especially at dusk. It also helps Macaws if they receive attention from many people, so they don't bond too closely with only one person.
It is important to provide your pet bird with a cage that is large enough. Macaws need space to stretch their wings, climb, and play with stimulating toys and other accessories. Your Macaw will appreciate nutritious pet bird food. It may even beg, showing off as much as possible! Provide bite-sized fruits and veggies like bananas, oranges, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and shredded carrots every 2-3 days. To simulate natural behavior and nutritional requirements, it is a good idea to have many locations for food, water, and treats. Put multiple cups within the cage to encourage movement, as the bird explores the contents of each dish. Cage-top activity centers have food and treat cups. You can also hang treats from the activity bar atop the cage.
Macaws are native to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Most species live in forests, especially lowland rainforests. Some like woodland or savanna environments. The Scarlet Macaw is one of the most brightly colored and recognizable parrots. These birds nest in hollows in trees, and the young leave the nest after 90-104 days of care by the parents. Blue and Gold Macaws nest in cavities in palm trees laying 2-3 eggs with both parents taking care of the young. The Yellow-collared Macaw, much smaller than most, travels in small flocks or pairs, except during the dry season when they are seen in huge flocks.
Macaws vary greatly in size; some weighing three-quarters of a pound and some are two and a half pounds. Size ranges from 15 inches long up to 34, depending on species. They live from 25 to 80 years and are perfect for owners aged 16 and up.
Fun Fact: Blue and Gold Macaws mate for life and are almost always seen in pairs, even when in large flocks!